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Hi I'm Mercedes

I was born & raised in England, now located in Mesa Arizona & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have 4 brothers & 4 sisters & grew up in a small village in England. My mum & dad are both Mormon & so I was raised in the church. We have never been wealthy but my parents both worked relentlessly to provide for us & always told us & showed us how much they loved us - my childhood memories are only happy. When I was a teenager we moved to a bigger city just outside of London & that is where I spent the remainder of my time in England before I moved to America at the age of 22. I've always been very interested in music , film & literature. My nickname in high school was “the book girl” because I would wander around at lunch with my nose in a book. I play a few instruments, love getting stuck into an addictive TV series & have always wanted to write a novel - I've just never set aside the time to get started…you could say I've been known to dabble in procrastination. My main goal in life is to be a wife & a mother but for now I am in the process of opening a bakery with my Mum. I love food, my family & my friends. Just your average 24 year old!

Why I am a Mormon

As stated before, I was raised Mormon. However I haven't always followed it's teachings. I went away from the church from the age of 15 until I moved to America 7 years later. As a teenager I felt I knew better. I thought I was happy for a long time but a change of events in my life led me to realise it was all temporal happiness that could be snatched away within moments. This is where I am so grateful to my parents for raising me in the church & giving me the knowledge of eternal happiness & families. I had always believed the gospel, I just had a hard time living it. It's not easy being different from all your friends. I like to think of myself as someone who can go against the grain & stand up for what I believe in - that doesn't make it easy though & it took me a while to be okay with that. I have been back & active in the church for nearly 2 & a half years now & have never been happier. I spent this time building up my testimony, finding out for myself why I believe the things I do - for me it came through prayer & friendships I have made, feelings I just can't deny & of course trials - overcoming them & eventually coming out stronger. That is something I love so much about the church - how we are taught to learn from our trials & be grateful for the person they shape us into. I've lived my life without the gospel & looking back I don't know how I never noticed the hole it left in my life or how I ever managed to get through the tough times without my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

First off I want to clarify that I am a very imperfect person & am well aware of all my flaws.I'm not going to pretend to be some impeccable being because I'm not. I don't always do what I'm supposed to do, but I strive every day to be a better person & I always notice the difference when I'm trying harder to serve others & stop thinking about myself so much. For me personally, my faith is centered around that knowledge - that as long as I take life one day at a time & try everyday to do what is right, & as long as I do good unto others & focus my efforts on those around me Heavenly Father will make up for my shortcomings.